through His Word
by Katy Kauffman
Relief, calm, renewed strength, and often, understanding—when I have come to the other side of a storm, these treasures have been waiting for me. A relief that the worst has passed. A calm that comes with the nearness of God’s presence. Renewed strength for whatever challenges lie ahead. And an understanding of why.
Although why is a question that may not be fully answered on this side of heaven, God often gives us some of the why now. We can look back at a storm in our lives and see what good came out of it (Romans 8:28). We can trace God’s hand of provision and protection (Matthew 6:25-26, Romans 8:32, Psalm 91:1-2). We can remember what He taught us—priceless lessons we may not have learned otherwise (James 1:2-4). We can cling to Him (Deuteronomy 30:20) in new ways because He taught us how to trust Him better.
God is faithful to turn our why into answers for who, what, when, where, and how. Who does He want us to reach with His truth and love from this point forward? Who around us is traveling into a storm and needs encouragement? What does He want us to say to them to help them? What does He want us to do now for His kingdom? When does He want us to take new initiatives and help more people? Where does He want us to go, taking the message of comfort with us (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)? How can we live out what He has taught us?
Storms equip us to be ambassadors, representatives of God’s truth, mercy, and grace. We know God is for us because we’ve been pounded with the rain and seen Him pull us through it. We know God’s power is supreme, defying medical odds or giving supernatural grace to handle suffering and loss. We know His love has no limits, because we’ve been comforted in the depths of anguish. He is our God and we are His people, storm or no storm. We have been armed with the knowledge and encouragement that will help us to weather future storms and strengthen others who become engulfed in sorrow and anxiety because of life’s trials. Weathering storms with God makes us more powerful.
Storms also help us to remember that we need God. We can’t do life well on our own. The closeness we share with Him through a storm can sustain us after it ends. When my loved one faced a health crisis, I clung to God in hope that things would get better. They did. God was there for us. When my own choices brought a severe trial on my head, I learned about God’s mercy and grace in ways I hadn’t before. When other people’s choices affected my life in a negative way, I realized God was enough to help me get through it. The fellowship we have with God doesn’t have to end once we’re on the other side of a storm. It only becomes richer, because we’ve learned more about who He is and what He does.
If you’re in a storm right now, you may not feel like a powerful ambassador or you may not be able to visualize the calm after the storm. But with God’s help, it can come, and the closeness you develop with God can become a treasure that sustains you for the rest of your life. Let His grace and peace sink into your soul and calm the storm within. His love is perfect, His wisdom is infinite, and His power is limitless. May God help you to weather this storm and come to the other side of it with renewed strength and a deeper understanding. He can calm the storm in our circumstances or in our hearts, and the nearness of His presence eases fear, anxiety, and sorrow.
Thank you for reading this series with us, and may God calm your storms within.
Check out the other posts in this series, in case you missed any. The principles each guest writer shared have blessed my heart, and I hope they bless yours.
- Calming the Storms Within (Introduction) by Katy Kauffman
- Building Faith through the Storms of Life by Jennifer DeFrates
- Jewell: From Tragedy to Victory by Katherine M. Pasour
- Jesus, the Survivor of the Perfect Storm by Katy Kauffman
- Hushing an Emotional Upheaval by Katy Kauffman
- Shelter in the Storm by Patty Luellen Nicholas
- Grace for Every Downpour by Katy Kauffman
- Sailing into Disaster by Katy Kauffman with guest author Beebe Kauffman
- Peace in My Father’s Hands by Dorcas Asercion Zuniga
What helped you to come to the other side of a storm? Was it time, faith, God’s presence, Scripture, or something else? Please share in the comments below, and leave any nugget of truth that you would like to pass along to fellow storm-watchers. We can encourage each other through the storms of life, and trust God that we’ll come to the other side.
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